MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – Whether you’re an old hand at home buying, or purchasing for the very first time, buying a home is enormously exciting, but hardly easy. From deciding how far you want to stretch financially to dealing with home inspection issues, the buying process entails countless steps and decisions.
Fortunately, even though home buying has gotten more complicated, the professional assistance available to streamline the process has never been greater -- as attested to by the full service offered by Weichert, Realtors®.
What exactly is “full service”? James M. Weichert, president, explained, saying, “Very simply, full service means that as a prospective buyer you can expect us to guide you efficiently through every single step, freely sharing our expertise and providing virtually every kind of help you need to successfully close on your new home.”
The Weichert® president advised that sitting down with a Weichert sales associate early on can make your home search more productive. He or she will help you determine which home features matter most to you, and will address any concerns you may have. Just as important is that Weichert associates, as neighborhood specialists, have the first-hand knowledge to
familiarize you with the amenities and price levels of communities you’re interested in and even to suggest other towns you may wish to consider.
In between home searches, a Weichert associate will keep a close watch on the market and alert you to opportunities you may otherwise have missed. Typically, you’ll get phone calls or e-mails whenever new listings matching your wants and needs become available.
To strengthen any offer you eventually make, Weichert recommends getting a mortgage credit pre-approval. As another element of full service, applying for one is surprisingly easy, as mortgage specialists, called Weichert Gold® Services Managers, serve Weichert offices seven days a week. Most pre-approvals take just a matter of minutes. Gold Services Managers can also demystify financing and provide counseling on your mortgage options.
Once the home search turns into the actual buying process, the Weichert associate can help you frame your offer and negotiate any counter-offers the seller might make. Later, that associate’s negotiating skills can again prove invaluable in helping you and the seller resolve any issues that arise from the home inspection.
Beyond the professional assistance of the Weichert sales associate, Weichert has a Gold Services Program that saves home buyers both time and unnecessary stress by taking care of many other purchase-related needs. The three items that Weichert considers most likely to delay a closing -- mortgage financing, homeowner’s insurance, and title insurance -- are all available through this convenient one-stop shopping program offered through Weichert Financial Services. When home buyers elect to get those three items through Gold Services, a $5,000 Performance Guarantee ensures all three will be in place in time for the closing date. Buyers also have the opportunity to obtain a Weichert Home Protection Plan, which covers specified major home systems and appliances not protected under a homeowner’s policy.
A few years ago, Weichert, Realtors expanded its Gold Services offerings with Weichert Home Connections. This popular program includes many home-related services, from moving and locksmith services to the transfer of utilities to lawn care and remodeling. Often, those services are available at a special discount through Weichert.
“Wherever we see a need, we try to provide for it,” Weichert said. “Un-complicating home buying and helping people go confidently forward is what full service is all about.”
The Weichert president added that those purchasing today will enjoy “the best market in years for buyers” and cited the greater selection of homes and low interest rates.
Weichert has nearly 19,000 sales associates in more than 425 company-owned and franchised sales offices in key markets throughout the U.S. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate, and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance. For more information, call Weichert's customer service center at 1-800-USA-SOLD or visit Weichert's Web site, www.weichert.com. Each Weichert franchised office is independently owned and operated.